Managing your research data is essential to a successful
project. This tutorial has attempted to show how you might go
about this and dealt with various issues that you might come
across. Of course plans
change – research is rarely a straightforward affair – moving
from A to B and then to C as planned. This complicates
matters but a good management plan will provide enough
flexibility to cope with changes.
By now you should have a
complete data management plan. If there are any sections that
you have not yet finished, do this now. It would also be a good
idea to look through everything you have written and check for
inconsistancies and missing information.
Do this now.
At this stage it is worthwhile writing up a final version of
your DMP so that you can use it to present to others and to
ensure that what you have thought about is clear to you in the
future as well as the present.
You may well need to adjust your plan as the research
continues. Section 8: Review of Data Management
process helps you with this. Schedule a point in time
when you will revisit the DMP and re-write it to fit where the
project is now. This should, of course, be a new version of the
file. You will want to keep the original version for reference
In the end you might find that you have several DMP's for your
research project which shows and records the research process
as it develops. As a final piece of advice we would suggest
that you review these plans once the research is over and
consider what you could do in the future to improve your
research process. This will help you to be more efficient in
future projects and help to make you a better researcher.
We hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful. We
hope that the DMP that you have created will be beneficial.
Thank you for taking part and good luck in all your future